Questions tagged [democracy]

For questions about democracy, a system of government in many countries involving citizens voting, as opposed to dictatorships and other forms of government where normal people don't have control of what it does.

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Efficiency gap threshold when there are more than two candidates

I've been working on extending Stephanopoulos-McGhee's definition of the efficiency gap using the method outlined in following Stack Exchange post. It seems that extending the definition of wasted ...
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Are there well-known democracy ranking/evaluation systems that penalize the fusion of powers (between the executive and legislative)?

Basically, I want to ask how accepted is the idea that fusion of powers between the executive and legislative, present in the Westminster-inspired systems, implies a democratic deficit of some kind. (...
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Does the introduction of elections and other democratic institutions contribute to social disruptions and chaos in a country with a weak state?

I am conducting a research on a historical period in Iran in which a short period of premature democratic rule by a government with low state capabilities led to social disruptions and chaos and ...
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Are there parliamentary republics where Supreme Court appointments are decided exclusively by the Parliament and the government?

In Israel, many political figures on the right (among them outgoing Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked and Zehut party leader and parliamentary hopeful Moshe Feiglin) say that "all over the world" ...
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What was the most measurably unpopular law ever passed in USA?

Theoretically, in a democracy, laws that pass are - or should be, in theory - at least somewhat popular. In a representative democracy, they may be less so (by design). What was the law that was the ...
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What alternatives exists to Democracy Index?

I am aware of the Democracy Index. What it lacks that I am interested in is more information about what type of political system each country has, and the connection to its democratic level. I would, ...
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Have countries or electorates that have switched to proportional representation experienced less factional in-fighting?

In theory I would imagine proportional representation would reduce backroom factional in-fighting by both bringing disputes into the light of day (the voting booth) and allowing major factions to be ...
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Is there a rigorous way to compare how democratic organizations are?

Is there a rigorous way to compare how democratic organizations are? Can we say with any authority, for example, whether the parliamentary democracy of the UK, at some arbitrary point before european ...
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What is the role of Ministers and the Parliamentary Secretaries in Canada?

I need your help, I am looking to find more information or if someone can tell me more about What is the role of Ministers and the Parliamentary Secretaries in Canada? Look forward to your response. ...
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Are there any existing laws comparable to Quebec's Bill 20?

Here is a link that explains more in detail what the bill 20 consists of: http://globalnews.ca/news/1728556/opinion-bill-20-will-turn-every-patient-in-quebec-into-a-number-instead-of-a-person/ ...
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What are the minimal components of a self-determined constitution?

I want to know what a constitution would look like if it were subject to the requirement of being freely chosen by those affected, including those of future generations. This is what I mean by "self-...
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Is there a list showing the last time each country had a peaceful transition of government?

According to a paper on the definition of democracy: The simplest definition of democracy has been given by Karl Popper: a system that makes it possible to get rid of a government without spilling ...
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Do voters usually follow the advise regarding the choice in the second round of elections given by a candidate who lost in the first round?

According to this article, Francois Fillon advised his voters to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of 2017 French Presidential elections. I have seen this way of telling the voters what ...
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Are there any good longitudinal studies of contested elections at the national level?

No electoral result happens in a vacuum -- and worldwide analogs to current events can provide interesting insights on what may happen with upcoming global national elections in an era when the ...
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Trying to find a quote on the trappings of democracy surviving even as democracy dies

I don't remember the source or the exact wording, but I remember some years ago reading a quote that Americans will continue to wave the flag, we will continue to have elections, and play the national ...
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Having problem in grasping a feature of Directive Principle of State Policy

I am reading 'Indian Polity' by M Laxmikanth, chapter on 'Directive Principles of State Policy'. Please explain the following Stanza with help of an example "The Supreme court has ruled many a times ...
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In authoritarian countries, is it more effective for protesters to make economic demands or political demands?

Context: I was involved in a discussion about the rationality of protesters in Russia. The thesis was that, given that the regime is very reluctant to give up its political control over the country, ...